Congratulations to Parkinson's NZ Ambassador Jordan Luck MNZM
Parkinson’s New Zealand was delighted to hear singer-songwriter Jordan Luck has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for Services to Music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
After more than 30 years fronting the Kiwi band, The Exponents, writing and performing 18 Top 40 singles, including Why Does Love Do This To Me and I'll Say Goodbye, the award was well deserved and recognises Jordan’s outstanding contribution to the culture of this country.
What many people may be unaware of though is that Jordan has quietly worked as an ambassador for Parkinson’s New Zealand since 2008 and has given freely of his time to help lift public awareness of Parkinson’s. Over 10,000 New Zealanders live with this neurological condition; having Jordan onboard has really helped us increase understanding of the challenges they face every day.
Apart from a few notable exceptions--Mohammed Ali, Michael J Fox--most people living with Parkinson's are out of public view.
Jordan has had the grace to help focus some attention on those farthest away from the camera's lens and microphone's reach.
As the Jewish philosopher, Abraham Henschel, said: “The affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true goldmines of a culture."
Thanks Jordan and congratulations.